What Is and What Affects Asthma?

Introduction

Asthma is a very serious disease. It affects the lungs. Asthma is when your airways swell up and produces more mucus. It makes it harder to breathe and this is why it is serious. These facts are important to know because if you want to learn how to improve your asthma without an inhaler there are some useful facts. Wheezing is a whistling noise your chest makes when you have asthma. Keep reading if you want to learn more useful facts like these.

10 Facts

  1. Asthma is a problem in the respiratory system. It causes difficulty breathing because it narrows and inflames the airways in your body. When you breathe you may start to wheeze or cough.
  2. If you have asthma, playing sports may have a positive affect. It can help build stronger breathing muscles and help strengthen lungs. You won’t be overweight which would cause you to breathe heavier.
  3. Sudden changes in weather can affect asthma. f it switches from hot to cold in a couple of days then your body is at risk.
  4. Some sports can trigger attacks more than others. Like running a race is more likely to trigger an attack then swimming because running includes more use of air when you are tired.

  5. Asthma is diagnosed by your primary doctor. The doctors look at the history of your family to see if it is a family problem, then they will do a physical exam on the person that might have asthma. Then lastly they look at the results and from that they can tell if you have asthma or not. The doctors could also tell how serious your case of asthma is.

  6. Asthma has no cure but it does have medicine to control it. There are long-term medicines that prevent the major symptoms of asthma. Also the short-term medicines help an asthma attack at that time. It will wear off in about 3 hours.

  7. Things that trigger asthma are pollen and mold. Also, cold air can affect your lungs if you have asthma. They can cause a really serious asthma attack. These are just some things that can cause a serious asthma attack.

  8. Asthma can be inherited from your family. You are more likely to get asthma if your mother or father has it. You have an even higher risk if your mother and father both had or has asthma since they could pass down genes.

  9. Anyone at any age can get Asthma but, it mostly forms in your childhood. This happens because kids get more respiratory infections than adults and these infections can cause asthma. Also, people who had parents with asthma have a larger chance to develop the disease or symptoms.

  10. The symptoms of asthma are coughing and wheezing, which happens more at night. Also, you will experience shortness of breath and chest tightness since you airways are smaller.

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5 Ways to Maintain and Improve Asthma


  1. To improve your asthma you would want to stay away from asthma irritants. If you do this then your airways won’t get inflamed. So stay away from dust, mold, and pollen.
  2. Some home remedies work at the moment of asthma symptoms. One that some people try are steam baths. It’s not a substitute for the asthma medications but it could clear stuffiness, and moisten the airways.
  3. Controlling asthma is another way to improve your asthma. To know your symptoms is good because then you know what to use in case of immediate symptoms. You know that your asthma is maintained if you can participate in most athletic activities.
  4. If you just relax and do breathing exercises the lungs will relax and it will be easier to breath. This will maintain your asthma because if you make this a habit than your lungs will expand and make it so you symptoms aren’t too serious.
  5. Lastly, there are some foods that will help with asthma. Foods like vitamin d help with asthma because the lack of vitamin d does make asthma worse. So by eating foods with vitamin d it will restore the amount of the vitamin in your body.
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Moses Marcano A2 11/12/15